When most people think of visits to the dentist, they think of fillings, cleaning and extractions. However, what they probably don’t realize is that while we certainly do perform extractions, they are usually the last option for treatment, not the first!
As a Bay City dentist, we often see patients who need extractions and we’re always happy to help.
What Is Oral Surgery?
Oral surgery is a broad term that describes a range of treatments to treat all kinds of dental conditions, typically practiced by dentists and oral surgeons.
The primary difference between traditional dental treatments and oral surgery is that when we use treatments like fillings, only the teeth are involved. When the gums and jaws are involved, the treatment probably falls into the category of oral surgery.
Some examples of oral surgery include:
- 1# Wisdom tooth extraction
- 2# Complicated root canals
- 3# Tooth extraction
- 4# Dental implants
- 5# Grafts
- 6# Gum contouring
All these services are available from Dr. Matthew Ward, our Bay City Dentist, where we focus on restoring your smile and self-confidence using the most appropriate methods for your circumstances.
When Is Oral Surgery Necessary?
When teeth are beyond repair by all known dental treatments, an extraction is sometimes the only alternative. An extraction is when we remove the remaining tooth structure to avoid any possibility of infection or damage to adjacent teeth.
If you’re looking for oral surgery treatment in Bay City, MI, there’s a good chance you feel that you might need to have teeth extracted or other surgical procedures. The only person who can confirm that for you is your dentist, so you should schedule a consultation without delay.
What Should You Expect from Oral Surgery?
You will be booked for a follow-up appointment after the root canal has been performed, to fit a permanent cap or crown to your tooth. If you do still experience any pain after a root canal, it is very important that you let us know during that visit, or feel free to contact us for an appointment.
If we believe that oral surgery may be your best treatment option, Dr. Ward will perform a detailed exam, including x-rays and visual inspections of the affected tooth or teeth, and he will discuss the process with you in detail, including follow up procedures like implants or bridge work that can replace teeth that are lost to extraction.
Your oral surgery will then be carefully planned. In some cases, like tooth extraction, Dr. Ward of Bay City Dental Center can perform your procedure right here in our office, with local anesthesia. In other cases, for example, impacted wisdom teeth, general anesthesia in the operating room may be necessary.
As always, we try to opt for the least invasive, affordable solution in every case, but we have to balance those goals with patient comfort, and sometimes, general anesthesia is the best option.
Once your surgery is complete, you will be provided with detailed after-care instructions, and advised when to return for a follow-up appointment, where dentist Dr. Ward will ensure that everything is healing correctly, and he will discuss any follow-up treatments that may be required.
What Is Recovery from Oral Surgery Like?
Every surgery is different, and every patient too. Some patients have very little pain and bounce back from oral surgery quickly, while others take a little longer to recover. Whichever group you fall into, your dentist Dr. Ward will give you after-care instructions to help your healing and to prevent unnecessary pain.
If at any point during your recovery, you are worried that something is not right, you can always call or visit our office to discuss your concerns, or for an exam to rule out post-operative complications.
Dental surgery, like all surgery, is not something people look forward to, but if you are experiencing pain and discomfort, it can provide the relief you need and be an appropriate solution to consider.
For more information on procedures performed by our Bay City Dentist Dr. Matthew Ward, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us at 989-686-0055 today.